Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quick Tip: Baking Soda Uses in the Home

Baking Soda is cheap and can be used for many things around the home, in and outside of the kitchen, here are a few that I wanted to share.

Wash your fruit and Veggies - As you know, most produce has a wax coating as well as pesticides on them. Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp rag or simply use your hands, scrub gently and rinse.

This works on produce such as apples, pears, cucumbers and also the peel of oranges, lemons & limes. Most of us don't think to wash citrus peels but they are just as dirty and if using to zest or garnish food or drinks, they should be cleaned! 

Deodorize your Washing Machine - Do you ever notice that your wash has a slight funk smell even after running a fresh load? I discovered an easy fix! Measure 1 Cup baking Soda, pour it into your machine and run a small empty cycle using the HOT water setting. Just like that, your machine will be cleaned and the musty smell has vanished. 
Deodorize your Dishwasher - Sprinkle Baking Soda on the bottom of your dishwasher. It will deodorize before you run the dishwasher and then act as a gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.

Exfoliate with Baking Soda - Baking soda makes a wonderful exfoliation. Why? Baking soda is coarse, but not too coarse. It's the perfect texture for removing the top layer of dead skin cells, and it won't cause your sensitive facial skin to become red and irritated.

Directions: add 1 teaspoon of the baking soda to your facial cleanser, mix well (it should be pasty), massage into your skin for 2-3 minutes like you would with any other exfoliate. Rinse with warm water and pat your face dry. You will immediately notice the smoothness of your skin.

I use the inside of a tupperware lid to create the paste, it is easy to access and easy to clean.

Do this 2-3 times a week or as often as you would your regular exfoliation routine. If you notice that your skin is red or irritated afterwards, try putting in less baking soda and use the treatment at night so that your skin has a chance to get back to normal while you sleep. Remember to always moisturize afterwards!

These are just a few, of hundreds, of uses of Baking Soda. Please share any useful tips and you may have using Baking Soda!

Listening to: Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
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1 comment:

  1. that's funny, i use baking soda for two of the three tips you posted, but cleaning fruit?! GENIUS!! apples are known to have the most pesticides on them and are coincidentally my favorite fruit. i am so glad that, thanks to you, i dont have to be afraid to eat my apples anymore!